Memorial Day has arrived. This means that it is now the unofficial start of the summer season. For many people summer means travel, and when those people travel they will inevitably have to stop and eat somewhere. Fort Smith is a city that has a large variety of restaurants. While this is a fact known by locals, folks who live outside of the River Valley may marvel at how much the area has. Travelers who use the website TripAdvisor to plan their vacations will get to peak into the restaurants of Fort Smith. This examiner found a list of the city’s best restaurants as rated by TripAdvisor. The following is a list of the top five restaurants in Fort Smith ranked by TripAdvisor. Along with the list, this examiner will weigh in with his views of the restaurants listed.
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This is the number one restaurant listed on Trip Advisor. Larry’s is the buffet for those who don’t want to walk up and fetch their entrees. A customer can choose the items that they want from the buffet and a server will deliver those items to the customer’s table. Larry’s also offers an uplifting family friendly environment that is perfect for travelers on family vacations and is conveniently located of US Highway 71 so travelers do not have to venture too far from the highway.
Larry’s Pizza is located at 6400 Hwy 71 S, Fort Smith, AR 72908
This examiner has never eaten at Green Papaya, but he has heard a lot of great things about the restaurant. Green Papaya offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Recently a second location opened on Grand Avenue so people who live on the north side of town can enjoy Green Papaya’s tasty dishes. The original Green Papaya is located on Highway 271 South, however the Grand Avenue location is located two miles from I-540. Travelers who are seeking a restaurant close to the highway may want to avoid the new location.
Green Papaya is located at 6301 Highway 271 South Fort Smith, AR 72908.
People say that a good Italian restaurant can’t be found in the south. This examiner says “not true” (what this examiner actually said cannot be printed). Bella Italia offers great food, but also an old-style atmosphere that is reminiscent of those great hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurants found in the Northeast. Bella Italia’s only drawback is that it is located in the middle of Fort Smith’s Historic District, which means that it is not located near any highway. However anyone looking for a true Italian experience may want to venture away from the interstate and try this gem.
Bella Italia is located at 407 N 8th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901-2203.
While El Zarape does offer quality Mexican dining, this examiner was surprised to find it on the list. The restaurant is a good place to eat, but this examiner can think of a few other restaurants that did not make the top five list (Juan’s Mexican Restaurant comes to mind). Despite this examiner’s preference, that does not mean that travelers should avoid El Zarape’s altogether. They do offer good food and are conveniently located on AR Highway 22.
El Zarape is located at 8909 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante.
Rolando’s is not a Mexican restaurant, but rather a Latin American restaurant. What that means is that they serve authentic dishes from countries that are not normally featured like Chile and El Salvador. Housed in an old building in Downtown Fort Smith, Rolando’s offers a cozy atmosphere for couples who are traveling this summer. For those who head to Rolando’s, a good way to get there is to exit at Mile Marker 330 in Oklahoma and taking the back road into Fort Smith. While there is a more convenient exit, it is located in Roland, Oklahoma which is also known as speed-trap country.
Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante is located at 223 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901.